Do Signers Get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome From Years of Signing?

I often hear about sign language interpreters getting carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur after years of repetitive motion of the hands and wrists. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the hand and wrist areas (Pub Med Health, 2010).

So if carpal tunnel syndrome has been known to be the result of repetitive use of hands and wrists, do deaf signers, particularly those who use sign language as their primary mode of communication, suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome? I have not found any information on this, and I wondered if this applies to deaf signers, CODAS, or people who have been signing all of their lives when they communicate with others (not when they interpret).

Perhaps it is unlikely for people who use sign language as their primary means of communication, since it is a natural way for them to communicate. I figure that signing with native signers is done with less stress than sign language interpreters signing for their jobs.

Is it common for deaf signers or people who sign as their primary means of communication to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome? Is there anyone who got carpal tunnel syndrome from signing (other than interpreters) not from typing or other repetitive tasks using their hands?


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